By Fazlur Rahman

"As Professor Fazlur Rahman exhibits within the most modern of a chain of significant contributions to Islamic highbrow heritage, the attribute difficulties of the Muslim modernists—the version to the wishes of the modern state of affairs of a holy e-book which pulls its particular examples from the stipulations of the 7th century and earlier—are certainly not new. . . . In Professor Rahman's view the highbrow and consequently the social improvement of Islam has been impeded and distorted by means of interrelated error. the 1st was once dedicated by way of those that, in interpreting the Koran, did not realize the diversities among normal ideas and particular responses to 'concrete and specific old situations.' . . . This very stress gave upward thrust to the second one significant mistakes, that of the secularists. via instructing and studying the Koran in any such manner as to confess of no switch or improvement, the dogmatists had created a scenario within which Muslim societies, confronted with the crucial have to teach their humans for all times within the smooth global, have been pressured to make a painful and self-defeating choice—either to desert Koranic Islam, or to show their backs at the glossy world."—Bernard Lewis, New York assessment of Books

"In this paintings, Professor Fazlur Rahman provides a absolutely formidable blueprint for the transformation of the highbrow culture of Islam: theology, ethics, philosophy and jurisprudence. Over the voices advocating a go back to Islam or the reestablishment of the Sharia, the consultant for motion, he astutely and soberly asks: What and which Islam? extra importantly, how does one get to 'normative' Islam? the writer counsels, and passionately demonstrates, that for Islam to be truly what Muslims declare it to be—comprehensive in scope and efficacious for each age and place—Muslim students and educationists needs to reevaluate their method and hermeneutics. In spelling out the mandatory and sound technique, he's without delay brave, severe and profound."—Wadi Z. Haddad, American-Arab Affairs

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